Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Simple Beauty of White

"The Simple Beauty of White" is the theme for Country Living Magazine's February 2011 issue.  I am digging it!  Some of the highlights include:

1.  "The Insider's Guide to White" featuring three designers (Rachel Ashwell, Darryl Carter, and Suzanne Kasler) and their distinct takes on white;

2.   "How the West was Reinvented" that features a pretty Montana home that is a mix of grays, browns, blues, and a whole lot of white;

3.  "The New Way to Do Lace."  Y'all, I am way ahead of the curve on this one (for once in my life...seriously...only this once).  The article is about how lace is popping up on everything, and I actually have a couple of lacy pieces that I have bought (and made) in my home.  I will be posting about my lacy treasures next week!

If you all have not bought a copy of the February issue yet, at least go check it out the next time you are at the grocery or book store.

Here is the cover:

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And check out how many flags I have in this issue!  I hope I don't tear it up before I absorb all the white gorgeousness!

In the spirit of Country Living Magazine's February 2011 issue, I want to share with you some of my favorite white things.

1.   This is my white Fireclay Belfast sink.  I love it because most of my large trays and all of my pots fit in it so well.

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2.   One of my sweet friends gave me this as a Christmas present.  It is a linen fragranced soy candle from waverly and irving.  I visited their website yesterday, and I will probably buy more for myself and for presents.  The neat thing about this company is that they make their candles with vintage glasses, tins, and art pieces.  Check out their website here.

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3.   I love these little thistle vases from MacKenzie-Childs.  Scotland is one of my favorite places on Earth!

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4.   My husband and I saved for a very long time to purchase these Darcy dining room chairs from Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic.

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5.   The painting in my dining room is not my best.  One of my friends gave me a present to go to Sips 'n Strokes for my birthday one year.  She was trying to encourage me to start painting again, and her ploy worked. Although I do not like working with acrylic paints or pallet knives, we had so much dang fun that I bought the biggest, most gaudy frame I could find and hung it in my dining room.  It even has puff paint on it (oh, the horror of it all)! I put lots of white in my rose in spite of the instructions!

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6.   I painted my kitchen walls in Benjamin Moore's Super White.  You do not get anymore white than this.  I also love the pastel pears my daughter drew in fourth grade, and I think the white frame suits it very well.

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7.   This is a multi-media collage by Kim Victoria Kettler.  We bought it years ago in Scottsdale, and it is atypical of most of her art which is very colorful.

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8.   I have bought these picture frames over the years at an adorable store in Homewood called White Flowers.  Everything in the store is white!  The are made by a California artist from found objects and old wood.

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9.   This Victorian sofa was new when one of my husband's ancestors bought it.  I had it recovered many years ago in a white basket-weave fabric.  The painted pillows were purchased at Sweet Peas several years ago.

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10.  I love my Welsh cupboard.  You can read a post about it here.

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Do you like white as much as I do?  Have you decorated your home with white!  I would love to hear what y'all think about white.  Is it beautiful or too sterile?

I am linking over to Faded Charm's White Wednesday.  Use the link below!








I am also linking to Courtney's Feathered Nest Friday.  Go check it out!




Until next time...

Blessings!
Ricki Jill

8 comments:

  1. You have a really warm and welcoming home, a house that smells of family...I think that there isn't a color more beautiful than another but simply a color that best fits your personality...I like the white and light colors, except it is not all white!Bacio,Annalisa

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  2. I love white, but I think I like it best when it is paired with pastels. You've got some lovely white things - I especially like your Welsh dresser, the white sink, and your white vases from Scotland. Too funny your story behind the rose painting you did - puffy paint no less - I have to say it looks great in your dining room.

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  3. hi ricki, my whole home was white, but now colourfull, i will place some old pictures on my blog for you so you can see it.
    greetings

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  4. Hi, i posted a few pics for you on my blog! and i love your painting it looks great and that with a medium you don't like! mmm i want to see more art from you.

    greetings

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  5. I like white but the only white rooms are our two bathrooms upstairs that have white tile floors, white toilet, tub and vanity. Your home is just lovely. By the way, I have never heard of a King Cake before. That was an interesting post. Have a lovely day Ricki Jill. I'm so glad we became friends.

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  6. Your home is gorgeous! I love your dining chairs and that sink is amazing!!! I'd be doing dishes all day long:) Popped over from Feathered Nest Friday!

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  7. Hi Ricki~ I am loving your house!! Everything is just beautiful! I love your whites and am finding myself craving a more simple layered light and white look right now. I have to say, I ADORE your chairs!!! I am looking at similar chairs right now- do you just love them?! and Shabby Chic- oh perfection! Thanks for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  8. This is beautiful -- love your CHAIRS -- I live in B'ham, too.

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